College basketball is in full swing, and in just a few weeks, we’ll be talking about seeds, bubbles and Cinderellas. But there’s another tournament that kicks off sooner: Student Startup Madness (SSM). This tournament features 64 startup “teams” created by students from 38 public and private colleges and universities across the country. And the Big Ten is well represented in this competition with 18 teams, more than a quarter of the total. As with men’s basketball, Michigan State is particularly strong, with 12 teams, the most of any university. The first two rounds of the “SSM64” will be held online,
(AP) Former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke joined Oregon’s staff Saturday as defensive coordinator. Hoke replaces Don Pellum, who was defensive coordinator for two seasons and has returned to coaching linebackers for the Ducks. Hoke coached the Wolverines for four seasons from 2011-14, going 31-20. He was the Maxwell Football Club national coach of the year in 2011. “We are extremely excited to welcome coach Hoke to the Oregon family,” Ducks coach Mark Helfrich said in a statement. “He’s passionate, knowledgeable and tough, and has an outstanding track record of success from a defensive standpoint.” Under Hoke, Michigan’s defense went
With its 70-63 win at Minnesota on Saturday afternoon, Indiana guaranteed itself a piece of first place in the Big Ten following three weeks of conference play. The Hoosiers are 5-0, and there seems to be much debate about whether they are for real. Here are five reasons they could be for real: 1. The favorable schedule. Look, we knew entering Big Ten play that Indiana received one of the most favorable draws. The 5-0 start has come against teams with a combined 8-20 conference clip, and here is Indiana’s upcoming schedule, before hosting Iowa and traveling to Michigan State
We’ve typed a similar sentence to this one several times over the last three seasons: Troy Williams made a play Big Ten fans will want to see. [ MORE: Rewatch Indiana’s win at Minnesota on BTN2Go ] The Indiana junior used his much-talked-about athleticism to author an exciting sequence in the Hoosiers’ 70-63 win Saturday afternoon at Minnesota. On one end, Williams soared for the big-time rejection; on the other, he perfectly timed a putback slam of Yogi Ferrell’s errant 3-pointer. Williams finished the afternoon with seven points, eight rebounds, one assist and two blocks. Here’s his other block, which
Four Big Ten men’s basketball games were featured on Saturday’s slate. [ MORE: Track all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] No. 3 Maryland throttled Ohio State in the first game of the day, 100-65, reaching the 100-point plateau in regulation of a conference game for the first time since 2002. Indiana held off Minnesota to improve to 5-0 in conference play, Nebraska took down Illinois, 78-67, and Penn State beat Northwestern, 71-62. Check out all of the top plays from Saturday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action:
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. A worn pickup truck sits by the side of the road outside South Africa’s Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park. The hood is popped; engine trouble, it seems. The driver waits by the vehicle. Just then a small group of individuals appear, bounding over the park’s low fence. They’re spiriting away something large. The driver slams down the hood, the men pile into the back,
I Respect the preparation! #GoBlue! pic.twitter.com/PVnAuTw8we — Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) January 15, 2016 [ MORE: Early predictions in Big Ten East | Early predictions in Big Ten West ] College football is over, which means coaches across the country are hitting the recruiting trail. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh is one of those coaches. Harbaugh appeared to be in Rockford MI, a suburb of Grand Rapids, on Friday morning where he was greeted with a sign to remind him of how the Wolverines did this past season in their meeting with the Spartans. Check out the tweet from Harbaugh at the top
Who gets your vote for the best players in Minnesota basketball history? We came up with a list of 12 former Gopher greats, and now it’s your job to rank them! Also, tune into BTN Saturday to watch the Gophers take on Indiana at 12:30 p.m. ET. Watch on BTN2Go. Read each player’s bio below, then scroll down and rank them, 1-12 via our SurveyMonkey poll. The results of this fan survey will be announced on TV’s “BTN Live” in February. You can only submit your list once, so make sure you get it right. We’re rolling out a survey per
The Big Ten season isn’t even halfway over, and the Hawkeyes have emerged today as the team to beat, according to BTN senior writer Tom Dienhart. But this is the Big Ten and there are tough games ahead, including Sunday's game against visiting Michigan (4:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go).
After making an early prediction for the order of finish in the Big Ten East for the fall of 2016, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart gives his take on how he thinks the Big Ten West will wind up. Lots can happen between now and then, including developments from national signing day and spring football. Have a look at Dienhart's early outlook and rank the teams your way, too.